No sooner do I write about not seeing who is on the Delaware House of Representative Committees than it appears before my very eye in my email! Apparently the Delaware Senate Committees list isn’t being released because of some leadership shenanigans going on over there. Delaware politics… Continue reading
A clean slate.
2019 is here. We have many newly elected officials in Delaware. Legislators, a State Auditor, a State Treasurer, and an Attorney General. They all have a once in a lifetime chance to begin something new and to start a new conversation.
Even the ones I have gone after in the past have a clean slate. Their world is just beginning no matter how they got there. They have a golden opportunity to do more than the status quo. They have a chance to steer Delaware in a new and better direction.
Beginning today, we will see these public officials being sworn in to their new roles. In exactly a week from now, many new State Reps and State Senators will become a vital part of the public eye. What they do and how they do it will become the foundation of their future.
Who will go against the grain? Who will put the needs of Delaware citizens over corporate interests? Who will dare to fight their own party for what is right and just? We will find out.
In modern times, Tabula Rasa was the title of the third episode of the hit television show, LOST. As we slowly learned about the secrets harbored by the survivors of Oceanic 815, we also see that they are beginning anew. Despite the history they had before the island, they had the chance to start over again in their present circumstance. This is the reality of all the new elected officials in Delaware.
I will give all of them a chance. And I mean ALL of them. Even the one I have written about the most on here. Because, as of tomorrow, that person will be in a very unique position and how she does that will be the truest testament to her character and I truly hope she rises above my expectations. I will believe they all mean what they say and how they want to make life better for Delaware. If they slip and fall, I will be there. If they succeed, I will be there. I am watching them with curious eyes. In my eyes, it is about more than political party. I have always believed that. It is about doing what is right, especially for kids. Because they don’t always have a voice and they truly don’t care about Democrats or Republicans.
The Delaware Primary election is one month away! And there are plenty of statewide and district races for Delaware citizens to vote on. I would go so far as to say the Primary is just as important as the General Election this year. The heat is on! Continue reading
The 149th Delaware General Assembly just completed at 8:30am this morning. An upcoming election will bring many new faces to Legislative Hall as ten State Representatives are either retiring or, in two cases, running for the Delaware Senate. That is almost 25% of the House. On the Senate side, three of them are retiring as well which represents a little over 14% of the Senate. On the House side, 6 Democrats are retiring and 4 Republicans. For the Senate, 2 Democrats and 1 Republican are retiring, including the ONLY African-American in the Senate. There are many female and African-American candidates running for seats which could improve the below numbers. There are NO African-Americans in either the Republican House or Republican Senate. But that could change as well!
SENATE (21 seats)
Men: 17 members, 81% (2 leaving)
Women: 4 members, 19% (1 leaving)
White: 19 members, 90.5% (2 leaving)
African-American: 1 member, 4.75% (1 leaving)
Hispanic: 1 member, 4.75%
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (41 seats)
Men: 32 members, 78% (8 leaving)
Women: 9 members, 22% (2 leaving)
White: 37 members, 90% (8 leaving)
African-American: 3 members, 7.25% (1 leaving)
Hispanic: 1 member, 2.25% (1 leaving)
Men: 49 members, 79%
Women: 13 members, 21%
White: 56 members, 90%
African-American: 4 members, 6.5%
Hispanic: 2 members, 3.5%
DELAWARE 2010 CENSUS DEMOGRAPHICS
When you compare Delaware’s population to that of our legislators, the numbers don’t match up. That is, in large part, based on how the districts are mapped for State Rep and State Senate seats. As well, it also depends on who votes! I predict, with the 2020 census, the Hispanic population will be bigger.
There are more women in Delaware but they only make up for 22% of our legislators. Those numbers could change in the next election, along with African-Americans but it will be tough to get them to match up with Delaware’s population. We could see some new minorities enter the mix come January 2019 as well!